Montol, the celebration of traditions in Penzance, Cornwall happens at the time of Winter Solstice on the 21st December each year. Celebrating Cornish traditions in particular and marking the death and rebirth of the sun, Montol literally means ‘time balance and midwinter’ in Cornish language. The festival sees people dressed up in masks parading the streets of Penzance with the lights, lanterns and torches literally guiding the people from darkness to light,
Visitors and locals alike take to the streets of the town to watch the people dressed up with twigs and fairy lights on their head march off to an old fort to light the beacons symbolising more light coming in the days ahead. From tomorrow onwards the nights will get lighter and that has to be a cause for celebration. What a bizarre pagan festival this is….